Former U.S. House Speaker Facing Charges Resigns From College’s Board

Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who was charged on Thursday with lying to federal investigators, has resigned from the advisory board of a center at Illinois’s Wheaton College that bears his name.

Mr. Hastert, a Wheaton alumnus, resigned on Friday from the Board of Advisers of the college’s J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy, Wheaton said in a statement.

“The college respects Mr. Hastert’s distinguished public-service rec…


U. of Illinois Chancellor Expects AAUP Censure in Response to Salaita Dispute

The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign expects it to be censured by the American Association of University Professors over the treatment of Steven G. Salaita, The News-Gazette reports. Phyllis M. Wise told a faculty committee on Thursday that she had been “told by people who know better than me that we should expect to be censured.” The association’s academic-freedom committee is expected on Saturday to vote on whether to recommend censuring the university.

The Urbana-Champaign campus offered Mr. Salaita a tenured professorship in 2013 but opted not to hire him last year after the professor drew fire for anti-Israel tweets. Mr. Salaita and his supporters said the university’s decision amounted to a violation of academic freedom, and the professor has sued the university over the revoked job offer.

The newspaper also obtained communication from Ms. Wise to the AAUP committee stating that the university had made “significant” settlement offers to Mr. Salaita before he sued.

The association said in a report last month that the university had violated principles of academic freedom in withdrawing Mr. Salaita’s appointment.

URBANA – Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the University of Illinois made “significant” settlement offers to Steven Salaita and reiterates her commitment to academic freedom in documents prepared for a national organization considering a censure of the campus. The documents, obtained by The News-Gazette, were sent this week to the American Association of University Professors’ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

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‘The French Revolution’ on Campus: Readers React to ‘My Title IX Inquisition’

After Laura Kipnis, a professor in the department of radio, television, and film at Northwestern University, wrote the provocative essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” earlier this year in The Chronicle Review, students marched in protest. “Being protested had its gratifying side,” Ms. Kipnis wrote on Friday in a follow-up essay in the Review. “I soon realized that my writer friends were jealous that I’d gotten marched on and they hadn’t.”

“Things seemed less amusing,” she continued, “when I …


Adjuncts at Ithaca College Vote to Unionize

Adjunct professors at Ithaca College have voted to unionize with the Service Employees International Union, the group said in a news release on Thursday. Part-time professors at the New York college voted 172 to 53 in favor of unionizing, according to the release.

The vote represents the latest victory for the union’s Adjunct Action project, which seeks to organize adjuncts across the country. New York colleges whose adjuncts have also voted to unionize with the SEIU include the College of Saint…


New Question Is Raised About Michael LaCour: What Else Did He Make Up?

[Last updated (5/28/2015, 7:58 p.m.) with new information from an Emory University professor about Mr. LaCour's work.]

It looks as if another paper by Michael J. LaCour may be bogus.

On Thursday afternoon Gregory J. Martin, an assistant professor of political science at Emory University, published a paper on the university’s website that identifies multiple serious problems with a paper by Mr. LaCour on the effect of bias in the news media.

In that paper, Mr. LaCour, the UCLA graduate student wh…


Oxford Names Its First Female Vice Chancellor

After nearly 800 years, the University of Oxford has named its first female vice chancellor, reports The Telegraph. Louise Richardson, currently the principal of Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, will succeed Andrew Hamilton as Oxford’s vice chancellor, a position equivalent to a university president in the United States. Mr. Hamilton announced in March that he would become the next president of New York University. Ms. Richardson, a noted scholar of terrorism and security studies, was previously executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at Harvard University.

The University of Oxford has nominated its first female chancellor since records began in 1230 when Elyas de Daneis held the post. Professor Louise Richardson, current principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews, will succeed Professor Andrew Hamilton, who has held the role since 2009, at the beginning of next year.

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Saint Louis U. Moves Controversial Statue of Missionary Converting Native Americans

Saint Louis University has moved a 19th-century statue showing a missionary converting two Native Americans after protests that it endorsed colonialism and white supremacy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The statue, entitled “Where the Rivers Meet,” has been moved from outside a residence hall into a museum. The subject of the sculpture, the Jesuit missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet, is shown gesturing to the Native Americans from a higher platform. The move followed a handful of student protests about the statue in recent months.

St. Louis University has moved a controversial sculpture from outside a residence hall to inside a museum, in response to criticism from faculty and students who say the work reinforces the idea of white supremacy. The sculpture, by an unknown artist, is named “Where the Rivers Meet.”

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Chapel Hill Renames Building That Honored Ku Klux Klan Leader

Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted on Thursday to rename a building that previously honored a 19th-century graduate of the institution who was also a leader of the state chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, The News & Observer reports.

The Board of Trustees voted to rename Saunders Hall, named for William L. Saunders, as Carolina Hall, and to ban any other renaming of buildings for 16 years. The decision followed months of wrangling over the building, which had become the …


Drew U. Makes Standardized Tests Optional — Again

In recent years, many colleges have dropped requirements that prospective students submit standardized-test scores as part of their applications. And now Drew University, in New Jersey, is making that move once again.

According to, the university spent seven years as a test-optional institution before reinstating a requirement that students submit the scores, in 2013. The university announced on Wednesday, however, that it was again dropping the requirement that students submit SAT or ACT…


Like Numbers? Read the Education Dept.’s Mammoth Report on Education in 2015

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics on Wednesday released its annual report on the condition of American education. Included in the many-paged report are facts and figures encompassing higher, secondary, and elementary education. Among other things, the report notes that total enrollment in postsecondary education declined from 2012-13 to 2013-14, the number of master’s degrees awarded dropped from 2011-12 to 2012-13, and the average net price at four-year…